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2014 Dry Creek Vineyard US Red Blend "The Mariner"

Dry Creek Vineyard 2014 The Mariner

Winery: Dry Creek Vineyard

Vintage: 2014

Wine Name/Vineyard: "The Mariner"

Wine Category: US Red Blend

Grape blend: 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot, 9% Merlot, 8% Malbec & 2% Cabernet Franc

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Dry Creek Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $45

Cases produced: 2,064

KWG Score: 90 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (91)

Review date: November 4, 2018

Wine Review: This pitch black colored Cabernet based blend opens with a blackberry and black licorice bouquet with a hint of beef stick. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, balanced, juicy and very rich for 2014 vintage. The flavor profile like the nose features blackberry jam and black licorice with notes of black pepper, oak and stewed plum. The finish is dry and its flavors and tannins stick around for quite some time. This wine would still benefit from a little decanting and would pair well with a pot roast. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: The grapes for this delicious Bordeaux-inspired blend come from several of our most prized estate and hillside vineyards in the Dry Creek Valley. At first swirl, the wine displays aromas of blueberry, vanilla and cherries. Several more minutes reveal hints of clove, cinnamon, black licorice and mocha characters. The palate has dark berry flavors along with cedar sweetness and cassis. It finishes with black pepper, boysenberry and a hint of barrel spice. Good acidity will help this wine to age beautifully for years to come.

Organic status: not organic

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